IRON MOUNTAIN - A Dickinson County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a Norway man to a minimum of three years and four months to 15 years in prison for having ongoing sexual relations with a cognitively impaired 21-year-old woman.
Iron Mountain Attorney Henry McRoberts said his client, Jeffrey Stack, was terminated from his employment with RA Transportation when he turned himself into the police in October 2011.
"I am here today to focus on the individual and not what he did," McRoberts said.
Stack is married and has two adult children. He was employed until the day of his arrest and was involved in the community, McRoberts said.
"He has many positive attributes and no prior criminal history," his attorney said.
Thirteen letters of support were written to the court on Stack's behalf.
McRoberts added that his client cooperated with police as he didn't want to put the victim through interrogation.
He noted a lengthy prison sentence is not needed and asked the judge to sentence his client to prison on the lower end of the 24 to 40 month guideline with credit for days served.
Per a plea agreement, Stack pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct, third degree. According to court records, the offense occurred between May 2010 and October 2011 in Kingsford with a woman who was mentally incapable of consent.
Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Brule also pointed out that this was Stack's first and only criminal conviction.
"His family has the sympathy of our office. Whatever good he has done in his life is overshadowed by what he did," she said. "You are what you do."
Brule described the victim as a 21-year-old cognitively impaired, mentally retarded, sweet child-like person with the mentality of a 10-year-old child.
"He spared a court trial, but that doesn't change that he played on her vulnerability, manipulated and exploited her sexually," Brule said. "It was ongoing for one and a half years, and she was volunteer on a bus he drove."
Brule said the victim now suffers with depression and anxiety and will live with the scars of what Stack did to her.
Brule asked the court to sentence Stack to 40 months minimum, the maximum under the sentencing guidelines. The maximum set by law is 15 years.
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